PESHAWAR: On Friday, the Urban Planning Board of the Peshawar Development Authority approved the expansion of the Bus Rapid Transit feeder routes to Warsak Road, Regi Lalma Township and the Defense Housing Authority system to help more provincial capital residents.
The meeting of the board was chaired by Chief Minister Mahmood Khan and was attended by Ministers Akbar Ayub and Taimur Saleem Jhagra, PDA Director-General Syed Zafar Ali Shah and other officials.
The board approved the construction of a new bus terminal in the Sardar Ghari district, according to a statement released here, to ease traffic pressure in the city.
It said the meeting was briefed about the master plan of the proposed bus terminal and informed that PC-I of the project would be finalised by the second week of next month, whereas the groundbreaking of the project was expected to take place by the end of March.
The meeting also allowed the PDA to acquire the required land for shifting the GT Road truck terminal out of the city.
The chief minister directed officials to introduce e-tendering, e-bidding and e-billing system in PDA on the pattern of the works departments.
He asked the PDA high-ups to ensure physical progress on all the authority’s development projects, including Peshawar Model Town, bringing the bus terminal out of the city, and constructing the missed links of the northern portion of Ring Road in compliance with the deadlines so that these public welfare projects could be completed within the stated time span and the public could benefit them without being able to do so.
Mr Mahmood said the requisite steps should be taken by the authorities to protect agricultural lands in the vicinity of Peshawar by preventing construction activities on them.
The meeting also approved the beginning of work on the building of the missing link on the northern portion of the Ring Road.
The incomplete 8.7 kilometres of connectivity between Warsak Road and Nasir Bagh would be built at a cost of Rs17.4 billion.
The statement said that at the junction of GT and Ring roads at the entrance to Peshawar, the board approved the development of a cloverleaf intersection to resolve traffic congestion in the area.
It also approved the establishment in the PDA of a directorate of traffic engineering.
It also approved the 2020-21 budget estimates of the PDA and revised the 2019-20 budget estimates and separate conveyance allowance for special authority employees at the rate of Rs1,000 per month currently admissible to provincial government disabled employees.